Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening (SuCCCeS)

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Background

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the US and Texas. CRC incidence and mortality rates among Hispanics are higher in El Paso County than in the rest of Texas. However, CRC is preventable with screening, and screening reduces deaths from CRC. Data from 2014 reveal that the CRC screening rate in El Paso County is 55 percent, significantly lower than both the Texas average of 63.5 percent and the national average of 69 percent.

Overview of Program

Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening (SuCCCeS) (formerly known as ACCION, Against Colorectal Cancer In Our Neighborhoods) is a program designed to reduce the rates of CRC in El Paso County through education. The goal of SuCCCeS is to improve screening rates among uninsured and underinsured 50- to 75-year-olds in a Hispanic-majority community who are not up-to-date with CRC screening. Key components of the program are evidence-based educational intervention, navigation services and no-cost screening and diagnostic testing.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants must be 50 to 75 years old, uninsured/underinsured, and not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening, and must have a Texas address. Exclusion criteria include past history of colorectal cancer and blood in the stool.

Funding

This program has been funded by various Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grants since 2011. The program covers a 27-county area spanning El Paso, Hudspeth, and West Texas.

 

Program Outcomes
FIT Kits Distributed 7,224 Completion Rate 65.9%
FIT Kits Completed 4,763
Screening Colonoscopies Scheduled 163 Completion Rate 74.2%
Screening Colonoscopies Completed 121
Diagnostic Colonoscopies Scheduled 134 Completion Rate 76.9%
Diagnostic Colonoscopies Completed 103